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"Kandisha" is one of the worst horror movies I've ever seen. The script is clearly influenced by "Candyman" but in "Kandisha" the plot of an urban legend fails to engage and everything becomes incoherent, as well as having badly written characters and silly dialogues. The performances of the three young leads are good, but much of the cast is lousy at acting. Digital special effects are completely bad. The soundtrack is not efficient, the editing is lousy and the director's work seems to not exist. The worst part is the cinematography which is overexposed for most of the feature film. The movie is total disgusting and the animal cruelty shown in one scene is the straw that broke the camel's back. Lousy!
Strange World (2022)
A good movie without being perfect.
"Strange World" is an animated film whose script focuses on following your own path and finding yourself, as well as telling a story that aims to leave us a message about the importance of taking care of our body and our planet. The animation is excellent and obviously influenced by the adventure world of Verne and even a bit of Lovecraft, achieving great settings. Sometimes the movie feels different due to the lack of a villain played by any character, but it manages to come out on top without being perfect. The film will annoy closed-minded conservatives but that doesn't matter. An interesting production that achieves its mission of entertaining and leaving a good message.
El Poderoso Victoria (2021)
Powerful production, but the script fails to decide on a specific genre.
"El Poderoso Victoria", known in its film festival stage as "Poderosa Victoria" is a film that has great production design, an excellent period setting, tremendous costumes and first-rate art direction, as well as an incredible cinematography and a perfect soundtrack. For its part, the cast is well chosen, with a great performance by Gerardo Oñate as the protagonist, accompanied by acclaimed actors such as Edgar Vivar, Eduardo España and Luis Felipe Tovar, in addition to the cinematographic presentation of Rogeiro Martín del Campo, who has a promising career. The film's flaws are found in its script that presents a good story about not giving up, but is full of comic scenes that are well used at some moments of the footage but fails at others and becomes quite cartoonish as if it would have come out of an episode of "Looney Tunes" especially in those starring The Coyote and The Road Runner, even a touch of fantasy is integrated that tries to fit into magical realism, for his part the director of the film loses strength in trying to portray a period film with comedy and drama without being able to decide which genre he is really choosing. Worst are the cheap CGI special effects that are reminiscent of a 2000's TV movie. "El Poderoso Victoria" manages to leave a good message and get some laughs but something was missing to be a really good movie.
The Menu (2022)
A perfect satire!
The year 2022 will be remembered for its large number of horror movies made by different countries and most have achieved excellent results with their stories, "The Menu" is no exception. The film has an intellectual script that plays with black humor, horror and suspense, being a story that talks about the difference in social classes and how one eats the other, all from the model of food. The performances of the entire cast are powerful, with Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Janet McTeer standing out who totally immerse themselves in their characters. Director Mark Mylod's work is solid and punchy, the cinematography is beautiful, and the soundtrack is an aural delight. The production design is one of the great successes of the film, as if it were an aesthetic dish, giving the script the strength to be even more delicious.
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn (2022)
After a good first part, a decent sequel and a bad third part, you can only expect a terrible fourth part and that's what you get with this movie. "Jeepers Creepers: Reborn" is a bad movie no matter how you look at it, the cinematography is bad, the production design is lousy, the soundtrack goes unnoticed, the director's work is non-existent, the makeup effects are poorly achieved (The Creeper doesn't look like it should) and the special effects are terrible, those CGI effects look like they came out of a cheap late 2000's TV movie. Among so many negative points, it can be said that the performances are not that bad and the film is entertaining by criticizing every horrible scene it has and all its aforementioned technical defects.
It fails to surprise.
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is a movie with a more mature theme than many others in the Marvel Universe, touching on the theme of emotional loss and overcoming it, although jokes and incompetent dialogue are also added that break that maturity narrative in a wrong way. The script draws on the history of Wakanda from an African perspective as seen before and adds the world of Namor with a Mexican perspective from its Mayan period, mixing mythology and futuristic fictional technology in a successful way. The evolution of Shuri's character is deep and the introduction of Namor's character is interesting, but the script is not exempt from being repetitive and making the film unnecessarily long. The CGI special effects feature elements that are well done and others that look quite fake. The editing work is very good and emphasizes the central theme already mentioned above, the loss of a loved one. The cinematography is excellent in the underwater scenes, but in the scenes above the water it becomes ordinary. Letitia Wright's performance is powerful, while Tenoch Huerta proves to be a good actor and Lupita Nyong'o fails to fully convince her character. A film with some remarkable technical elements, but a script that takes a good theme and overflows until it becomes tiresome.
I have never been a fan of Netflix content, but this time I must say that "Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" is an incredible production with a true story that continues to cause controversy. The script based on the already well-known true events of the "Milwaukee Butcher" is structured in a non-linear way in most of the episodes, taking us to the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's, to the different stages of life of its protagonist and his horrible crimes, plunging us into the question of what led him to do them, perhaps his relationship of abandonment with which he grew up? The emphasis on the lives of its victims and their families are quite well represented and lead you to be part of their suffering, to understand the anger and pain with which they fight/fought, in addition to the fact that social criticism remains the same more 30 years later: the incompetence of the police and their view that ignores still marginalized societies. The cast is well chosen, Evan Peters has made a name for himself playing maniacs, but this time he went much further and portrayed Jeff Dahmer as realistically as possible, Andrew Shaver gives an excellent dramatic performance as Lionel Dahmer and Niecy Nash as Glenda Cleveland demonstrates her great histrionic capacity, deserving to be more recognized her career as an actress, these three actors should definitely appear in the Emmy or Golden Globes nominations next year. It should be noted that it is good to see Molly Ringwald again in a quality production, offering a good performance, it should also be noted the performances of Michael Learned who is a tremendous actress and the actors Shaun J. Brown and Rodney Burford whose professional careers are promising. All the episodes are of tremendous quality, but it is worth noting the suspense used in the first episode, the cloudiness of the fourth and the highly dramatic sixth. Jennifer Lynch, Paris Barclay and Gregg Araki are three of the directors of the series, each with great careers and who translate their work into their respective episodes that each one directed. The costume design and the setting are the most noticeable, each decade is shown in an impeccable way. The soundtrack is an auditory delight, both the incidental music and the one that accompanies each decade. After all the charms of this series, it should be noted that Jeffrey Dahmer has not been romanticized, a realistic work has been carried out that shows how little society has changed in terms of its judicial system and the prejudices of those who make it up, this tells us it serves to remind us that the most gruesome history is the one that keeps repeating itself.
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022)
There should be more Harris ladies in the world.
"Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris" is one of the most beautiful films ever made, a masterpiece that I have thoroughly enjoyed. The script based on the novel by Paul Gallico is a wonder full of charm, sadness, hope, emotion and a message to go after your dreams, plus all the characters offer something throughout the plot, it is the first movie I see in my life without some unnecessary character. The entire cast stands out, the performances are tremendous, full of feelings. The costume design is so good that it takes you back to the 50's and the cinematography is sensational. A lovely modern classic titled "Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris"!
The Stone Tape (1972)
A classic that does not lose strength.
One of the best horror movies for television in history is "The Stone Tape", an incredible film written by Nigel Kneale and that leads us once again to ensure that ghost and haunted houses movies have great charm in English productions. This time the story of the film shows us an interesting theory about what ghosts and haunted places are, a theory that has gained strength in these fifty years since the release of "The Stone Tape." The performances of the entire cast are good, with a theatrical emphasis typical of retro television. The cinematography is well done and accentuates the gothic setting of the film's main location. A classic that does not lose strength.
"Dominique" is a supernatural mystery film with an Agatha Christie-inspired feel. The script plays with elements of horror and suspense in a very successful way. It is worth highlighting the masterful gothic setting that is accompanied by a cinematography inspired by the Giallo cinema. The soundtrack is definitely one of the film's strong points. The costume design is elegant and a clear example that the pinnacle of fashion was in England in the 70's. The performances of the entire cast are good throughout the duration of the film. Definitely something that characterizes English cinema is its ghost films and "Dominique" fulfills those elements in a way that is and is not, an excellent film.
"Watcher" is an excellent suspense film, a Hitchcockian thriller that also pays homage to Polanski's early thrillers and also recalls the kind of atmosphere that De Palma offered in his early days. The script is perfectly elaborated following a line of mystery and suspense, the result captured on the screen works masterfully raising the tension throughout the duration of the film, although its inspiration in the work of Hitchcock is evident but it also manages to show new moments and shine alone. Director Chloe Okuno's work is smart and daring, a promise of modern cinema. The performances are masterful, Maika Monroe is tremendous in her role, Karl Glusman is an actor with an excellent future and Burn Gorman offers an extraordinary performance with a gloomy character whom he endowed with a unique body language and an accent in his speech that increases truthfulness of his interpretation, it is also worth mentioning the performance of Madalina Anea, making her character endearing. The cinematography by Benjamin Kirk Nielsen is a visual delight, achieving artistic shots and lighting that increases the mystery, along with the art direction they achieve a unique atmosphere reminiscent of the one used in the thrillers of the 70's and early 80's, the interior locations loaded with furniture and illuminated with chiaroscuro are gloomy and beautiful, the urban locations such as the streets, the movie theater or the subway recall De Palma's style, all combined wonderfully. "Watcher" is a masterpiece, a current classic.
La Exorcista (2022)
"The Exorcist" (2022) is a film with an interesting and well-run story. The direction of Adrián García Bogliano is correct, the performances are good, highlighting the protagonist María Evoli, who is becoming a well-known face within the horror genre, in addition to the performances of Norma Lazareno, Tina Romero and Diana Bracho who have starred in Mexican horror movie classics. The script is nice with an entertaining story (shown from another perspective in the movie "Prey for the Devil" released this year). The soundtrack can go unnoticed much of the footage but highlights a theme that is very good, obviously influenced by Italian cinema. The special makeup effects are good, but the digital ones fail to stand out. "The Exorcist" leaves a good impression and the many tribute scenes to classics of retro horror cinema are appreciated. A movie worth seeing.
Prey for the Devil (2022)
"Prey for the Devil" is a film that does not present anything new, it can be seen but it fails in many aspects. The interpretations meet without further pretentions, it is worth noting the presence of the always great Virginia Madsen who performs a supporting role but stands out as usual. Computer-generated special effects are few, but what there are are poorly done. The soundtrack goes unnoticed, it's as if there wasn't one. The cinematography is good but in some scenes the camera movements are poorly executed. The best thing about this movie is its art direction that achieves a worthy environment for a horror movie. The script was intended to show something different and be daring, but it ended up being a cocktail of clichés, predictable scenes and a particularly bad ending. A movie to watch once and never do again.
Audrey Rose (1977)
"Audrey Rose" is a good horror movie that wraps dramatic elements in an interesting way, the script is well structured giving a mysterious and even sad story. The performances of the cast are good, Marsha Mason, John Beck and Anthony Hopkins manage to keep the viewer interested throughout the duration of the film, for her part, Susan Swift showed great talent for acting, she deserved a better career in the world of cinema. Robert Wise did a good job as a director, as he usually did. The cinematography and art direction achieve an excellent setting, something typical of the films of the seventies that with elegance and dim lighting achieved a unique result. A classic!
Danish Hitchcockian thriller!
"Nattevagten" is a slightly murkier Hitchcockian thriller than most. The script manages to hook from the beginning, with a story about a bet and a night stand that get out of control. The first act is highly entertaining, it goes into a second act that becomes a bit cloudy (the restaurant scene is quite painful), the third act is full of suspense causing one as a viewer to worry about the characters. The cinematography gives a conventional air during the day scenes and the night scenes give a sense of tension, and the camera movements are a delight. The soundtrack is quite effective especially in suspenseful scenes. The edition that looks conventional has novel moments in its way of increasing suspense. Ole Bornedal's direction is tremendous, highly inspired by the work of Alfred Hitchcock, while achieving both a tribute and a unique way of doing a thriller. The cast is quite talented, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau demonstrates his great histrionic capacity, Kim Bodnia manages to play a somewhat annoying character but who ends up really pleasing in the end, Sofie Gråbøl is tremendous in all her scenes, Lotte Andersen, Rikke Louise Andersson and Ulf Pilgaard also deliver very effective dramatic performances. A classic of Danish thriller cinema!
Black Adam (2022)
After the losing streak that DC had with the lousy "Morbius" a few months ago, comes "Black Adam" a fun superhero action movie based on the antihero character of the same name. The script is simple but effective to the point, it entertains and has a couple of scenes with social criticism that are quite well done, and the characters are nice. A fairly noticeable flaw is the computer generated special effects, as they look somewhat fake, as if they were made in the late 2000's or early 2010's. The cinematography is atmospheric but in some scenes the green screen betrays. The performances are decent without standing out and the director's work has quality. An entertaining movie that without being a masterpiece manages to be better than many other superhero movies.
Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
Generation Z horror.
"Bodies Bodies Bodies" is a fun horror and black humor movie whose script manages to entertain and make you wonder who the murderer could be. Although some internet pages mistakenly classify it within the slasher subgenre, this movie is really focused on black comedy. The performances are good and the best thing is its soundtrack, which is totally awesome, making a good duet with the image on the screen. A defect is its cinematography which is not bad but could have achieved a better effect if it had been more innovative. A film that, without being a masterpiece, talks about generation Z in a crude way, it is definitely a film worth seeing.
Last Seen Alive (2022)
"Last Seen Alive" is a decent movie that I figured would be pretty bad but I was wrong. The script is not original but manages to entertain the final result captured on the screen. The cinematography is fairly flat, reminiscent of a 2000's TV movie. The interpretations comply without being outstanding. The director's work is successful without further achievement. The soundtrack is forgettable, in fact it seems that it did not have one. The digital effects, which are not many, but they are bad. A film that without being wonderful manages to entertain throughout its duration. The perfect way to describe this film is: "entertaining but with nothing more to offer".
Next of Kin (1982)
"Next of Kin" was released in 1982, when the slasher subgenre had reached its golden age and the scripts had creativity that was later emulated without the same result. This film can boast of its suspenseful Hitchcockian-style script, not forgetting its slasher elements. The performances are very good, the soundtrack is of quality and the cinematography is tremendous, highlighting its camera movements in different scenes. 40 years have passed since its premiere and "Next of Kin" continues with an unparalleled status, an unsurpassed classic that will continue to be an example of horror films of the slasher subgenre.
Shiryô no wana (1988)
A film that created school!
Japanese horror cinema began to be noticed with "Ringu" in 1998, to later become an example for the genre during the 2000's, mainly for its supernatural horror productions, but before everything already mentioned, it was " Shiryô no wana" (Evil Dead Trap), a horror film of the slasher subgenre. The script begins in a formidable way and adds the typical elements of a group of young people in a remote place who are being killed one by one, finally the story ends with a supernatural touch of great imagination. The performances are quite good, the makeup effects for the gore scenes are incredible, the music is excellent, paying homage to the musical themes of Italian horror movies, and the cinematography is tremendous, highlighting its colors and camera movements. There is no doubt that this film soon influenced "Tesis" (1996) and recently "Malignant" (2021). A classic of eighties horror movies!
Teito monogatari (1988)
"Teito monogatari" is one of the best Japanese movies in history, based on the novel of the same name, the script achieves a perfect dark fantasy and horror story, which is made up of historical elements mixed with folklore and mythology. The performances are outstanding, the production design is first class, the soundtrack is hypnotizing and the special effects are a complete success, obviously with all the 80's charm of the stop-motion technique to bring various creatures to life, it is also noticeable the influence of Ray Harryhausen in different designs. A classic that encompasses various film genres!
Halloween Ends (2022)
The end of the saga came and failed to impress.
After a long wait the end of the saga has arrived and the result is quite disappointing. An attempt was made to make a different sequel such as "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (1982), although in this story we do have Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, but the central axis revolves around a new character as antagonist. The film would have been better as an original story released under a different title and with no connection to the "Halloween" franchise. The character of Laurie Strode has evolved but Michael Myers has remained stagnant, meanwhile the character of Allyson has a drastic change that is not much appreciated and the characters of the officer Frank Hawkins and Lindsey Wallace are totally prescindable in this latest installment (I really hope it's the last). Although the disappointed story also has a remarkable element with the theme of the survival of a beloved heroine, I was afraid that they would make the same unforgivable mistake that they did twenty years ago with "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002), I am happy that they did not fall back into that mistake. The technical aspects do not stand out, the cinematography is ordinary, the camera movements do not show anything new and the editing is flat. The filming locations and setting don't quite do the job, at no point do you feel the fall vibes or allure of a Halloween night, and you don't feel like you're in Haddonfield either. The performances deliver, clearly highlighting the always great Jamie Lee Curtis. "Halloween Ends" could have been a good movie but it is also appreciated that it is not entirely bad, its greatest success stands out in Curtis. The final verdict is that the perfect trilogy for this saga is and always will be the one made up of "Halloween" (1978), "Halloween II" (1981) and "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998).
The end of the saga came and failed to impress.
Ticket to Paradise (2022)
A flat film.
"Ticket to Paradise" is the clear example that the trailer is better than the movie itself. The script does not bring anything new to romantic comedies, it rushes to take the already known formula and fill the plot with the typical clichés. Julia Roberts and George Clooney offer simple performances without much charm, the secondary characters are more endearing as is the case with Wren Butler played by Billie Lourd. The filming locations are extraordinary and the cinematography makes them look even more beautiful. Returning to the script, it fails to catch on and as entertainment it doesn't go that far either. One of the worst moments is the terrible CGI with which a dolphin that appears on the screen for a few seconds was created. Movie to see once and not repeat.
Interesting and refreshing.
"Hellraiser" (2022) is a refreshing story based on the novel of the same name written by Clive Barker. For a long time it was speculated that this would be a remake, but honestly it is a sequel and it works very well. Director David Bruckner made the incredible "The Night House", the moment he was announced as the director of "Hellraiser" I knew it would be a good film. The script takes a story more focused on teen horror, something a bit unusual in this saga, the result is pleasant, the plot is captivating and gloomy, it also brings the Cenobites and The Lament Configuration back together with the characteristic Leviathan. The performances are good, especially Jamie Clayton's. The makeup effects are excellently achieved, highlighting the characterization of the Cenobites who look threatening. The cinematography is elegant and the filming locations are attractive for a film of this genre. Bruckner manages to direct an interesting film for this saga, although the first two parts are unsurpassed, this new one manages to place itself at the height of parts 3, 4 and 5 (which are unfairly branded as bad when they are not). "Hellraiser" (2022) will definitely be a classic and part of one of the best horror movies of the year.
My Best Friend's Exorcism (2022)
"My Best Friend's Exorcism" is a light horror-comedy film, based on the novel of the same name, but when it is adapted to a screenplay, it does not achieve the expected charm. The film starts well by showing us conventional teenagers with their typical age problems but in the course of its duration everything becomes ridiculous, the comic dialogues go from funny to repetitive and unfunny, the horror elements also have a good start until they disappear. The actors do their job, the costume and hair design are good, they transport you to the eighties, but the digital effects are terrible as if they came from a cheap television movie of the '00s. The end result is a film that catches and then turns stupid with the occasional salvageable scene.